Athena Lemnia

Athena Lemnia, Roman marble copy of bronze original by Phidias, circa 450 B.C.E.. Kurhaus, Wiesbaden. Photograph by HEN-Magonza via Flickr. A community of Athenians living on the island of Lemnos commissioned Phidias to create a bronze statue of Athena, which they dedicated on the Acropolis. It stood between the Propylaea and the Erechtheion. The Athena…

Bronze statuette of Athena flying her owl

Bronze statuette of Athena flying her owl , ca. 460 B.C.E. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (via The Met) Owls of a type that can still be seen flitting about the Akropolis of Athens were associated with Athena, whose sanctuary was on top of that high rocky plateau. For centuries, the principle coinage of…

Xenia in theory and practice

Xenia, literally “guest-friendship” was the cardinal virtue of hospitality, respect, generosity, and courtesy among the ancient Greeks. It created a reciprocal relationship between host and guest, and encouraged a standard of behaviour in ancient Greek society. Zeus is known by the title Xenios, patron of hospitality, and Philoxenon, friend of strangers. Tales such as those of…

Pan and the defense of the last tree

Pan and the defense of the last tree by Francisco José Recacha, 2009. France, private collection. Image source: http://www.franrecacha.com/mythological.html

Festival of the Inundation

Detail from the Nile Mosaic. 1st century B.C.E., Italy, Palestrina, Museo Archeologico Prenestino, Italy. Photo credit: Camelia.boban, 2011. Today, July 25, the modern cult of Antinous celebrates the festival of the Inundation of the Nile. For two years preceding the death of Antinous, the annual flooding of the Nile had failed. Famine loomed over the world,…

Hi! I’m new to the neighborhood!

Just moved over from tumblr, still trying to figure out how wordpress works…which seemsto be very different from LiveJournal or DreamWidth. It looks like I have something like *peers at tumblr* 1,194 posts to revise…so making this blog look the way I want is going to take a while. In the meantime, I’d love to…

Neptunalia

  Neptune with Dolphin and Trident. Bronze. Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D. Provenance: Believed to have been found in Gaul. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. July 23-24 is the Neptunalia, a Roman festival dedicated to Neptune during the summer dry season. In antiquity, the festival was celebrated with games. Huts built of branches and foliage provided spectators…

Honoring Our Differences

  I spent most of the past four years as the primary caregiver for an elderly relative who was a devout Catholic. I helped take him to his church each week, and sat through the Mass with him. I know part of the reason he insisted on attending was the hope his wayward family would…

Concordia

Roman Bronze Figure of the Goddess Concordia, Second half of the 2nd century C.E. Concordia is the personification of harmony between individuals and groups. In antiquity, she symbolized the amity between husband and wife, peaceful family relationships – especially in the Imperial family, and the unity and spirit of goodwill of the Roman people. Today,…

Oldest Living Trees

IMG_9450, Crete, Vouves, The oldest olive tree in the world by Crete Adventure Team , 2010. Via Flickr: Crete, Kolimbari area, Vouves, The oldest olive tree in the world. Actually, this is one of seven living olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Scientists from the University of Crete estimate…

Hadrian and Antinous Art by Kurzz

kurzz: Welp I guess there’s always a first time for everyone doing fanart of historical couples and their skritchy beards. officially the weirdest thing I’ve done fanart of More of kurzz’s Hadrian x Antinous art here.